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Closing the technology gender gap

Updated: Mar 24, 2021


Reshma Saujani Girls Who Code
Reshma’s non-profit organization is leading a movement to inspire, educate and equip young women with computing skills. PHOTO: ImageCollab

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a technology non-profit organization, is on track to change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does and to close the gender gap in new, entry-level tech jobs by 2027. In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women, today, it’s only 24% and her non-profit organization is leading a movement to inspire, educate and equip young women with computing skills.

Girls Who Code has reached 500 million people through their online resources, campaigns, books, and advocacy work around the world and their programs have served 300 000 girls around the world since 2012. It has reached girls across the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom and was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company in 2019.

Reshma is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code, Women Who Don't Wait in Line, Lead the Way and is the host of the award-winning podcast Brave, Not Perfect. Her TED talk ‘Teach girls, bravery not perfection’ has over four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how girls are being raised.